14 Nov 2015
Annunciation of Zechariah the Priest
1st. Reading: Acts 3:17-26
17 Yet now, brethren, I know that you did it in ignorance, as did also your rulers.
18 But those things which God foretold by the mouth of all His prophets, that the Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled.
19 Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,
20 and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before,
21 whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.
22 For Moses truly said to the fathers, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear in all things, whatever He says to you.
23 And it shall be that every soul who will not hear that Prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people.’
24 Yes, and all the prophets, from Samuel and those who follow, as many as have spoken, have also foretoldthese days.
25 You are sons of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘And in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’
26 To you first, God, having raised up His Servant Jesus, sent Him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from your iniquities.”
2nd.Reading: Romans 9:6-18
6 But it is not that the word of God has taken no effect. For they are not all Israel who are of Israel,
7 nor are they all children because they are the seed of Abraham; but, “In Isaac your seed shall be called.”
8 That is, those who are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God; but the children of the promise are counted as the seed.
9 For this is the word of promise: “At this time I will come and Sarah shall have a son.”
10 And not only this, but when Rebecca also had conceived by one man, even by our father Isaac
11 (for the children not yet being born, nor having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works but of Him who calls),
12 it was said to her, “The older shall serve the younger.”
13 As it is written, “Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated.”
14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? Certainly not!
15 For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion.”
16 So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy.
17 For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth.”
18 Therefore He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens.
Gospel: Luke 1: 5-25
5 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah. His wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.
6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.
7 But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both well advanced in years.
8 So it was, that while he was serving as priest before God in the order of his division,
9according to the custom of the priesthood, his lot fell to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.
10 And the whole multitude of the people was praying outside at the hour of incense.
11 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing on the right side of the altar of incense.
12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.
13 But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John.
14 And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth.
15 For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb.
16 And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God.
17 He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,’ and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”
18 And Zacharias said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years.”
19 And the angel answered and said to him, “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and was sent to speak to you and bring you these glad tidings.
20 But behold, you will be mute and not able to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in their own time.”
21 And the people waited for Zacharias, and marveled that he lingered so long in the temple.
22 But when he came out, he could not speak to them; and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple, for he beckoned to them and remained speechless.
23 And so it was, as soon as the days of his service were completed, that he departed to his own house.
24 Now after those days his wife Elizabeth conceived; and she hid herself five months, saying,
25 “Thus the Lord has dealt with me, in the days when He looked on me, to take away my reproach among people.”
Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
القرائة الأولى: أعمال الرسل 17:3-26
17 والآن أيها الإخوة، أنا أعلم أنكم بجهالة عملتم، كما رؤساؤكم أيضا
18 وأما الله فما سبق وأنبأ به بأفواه جميع أنبيائه، أن يتألم المسيح، قد تممه هكذا
19 فتوبوا وارجعوا لتمحى خطاياكم، لكي تأتي أوقات الفرج من وجه الرب
20 ويرسل يسوع المسيح المبشر به لكم قبل
21 الذي ينبغي أن السماء تقبله، إلى أزمنة رد كل شيء، التي تكلم عنها الله بفم جميع أنبيائه القديسين منذ الدهر
22 فإن موسى قال للآباء : إن نبيا مثلي سيقيم لكم الرب إلهكم من إخوتكم. له تسمعون في كل ما يكلمكم به
23 ويكون أن كل نفس لا تسمع لذلك النبي تباد من الشعب
24 وجميع الأنبياء أيضا من صموئيل فما بعده، جميع الذين تكلموا، سبقوا وأنبأوا بهذه الأيام
25 أنتم أبناء الأنبياء ، والعهد الذي عاهد به الله آباءنا قائلا لإبراهيم: وبنسلك تتبارك جميع قبائل الأرض
26 إليكم أولا، إذ أقام الله فتاه يسوع، أرسله يبارككم برد كل واحد منكم عن شروره
القرائة الثانية : رومية 6:9-18
6 ولكن ليس هكذا حتى إن كلمة الله قد سقطت. لأن ليس جميع الذين من إسرائيل هم إسرائيليون
7 ولا لأنهم من نسل إبراهيم هم جميعا أولاد. بل بإسحاق يدعى لك نسل
8 أي ليس أولاد الجسد هم أولاد الله، بل أولاد الموعد يحسبون نسلا
9 لأن كلمة الموعد هي هذه: أنا آتي نحو هذا الوقت ويكون لسارة ابن
10 وليس ذلك فقط، بل رفقة أيضا، وهي حبلى من واحد وهو إسحاق أبونا
11 لأنه وهما لم يولدا بعد، ولا فعلا خيرا أو شرا، لكي يثبت قصد الله حسب الاختيار، ليس من الأعمال بل من الذي يدعو
12 قيل لها: إن الكبير يستعبد للصغير
13 كما هو مكتوب: أحببت يعقوب وأبغضت عيسو
14 فماذا نقول؟ ألعل عند الله ظلما؟ حاشا
15 لأنه يقول لموسى: إني أرحم من أرحم، وأتراءف على من أتراءف
16 فإذا ليس لمن يشاء ولا لمن يسعى، بل لله الذي يرحم
17 لأنه يقول الكتاب لفرعون: إني لهذا بعينه أقمتك، لكي أظهر فيك قوتي، ولكي ينادى باسمي في كل الأرض
18 فإذا هو يرحم من يشاء، ويقسي من يشاء
أنجيل لوقا 5:1-25